After a long holiday weekend celebrating with friends and enjoying the sunshine -- with a glass or five of wine -- there is nothing quite like the feeling that arrives the very next day. You know that feeling: pounding headache, queasy stomach and all around miserable, you have an epic hangover.
After downing glasses of water, which you probably should have been doing last night, and a few aspirin, your epic hangover has not gone anywhere. Crawl up in a ball and turn Netflix on for the duration of day? That is never a bad idea, however, there is a way to end your hangover and get on with your day. No, it does not involve 'hair of the dog,' sorry, that will make your hangover exponentially worse.
What You Need
1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate with that water all day.
2. Have a bowl of Chex cereal (dry if your stomach is already queasy) and follow it up with B12 vitamins and aspirin.
Why it Works
The myth that sports drinks will replace the electrolytes lost after drinking is just that, a myth. Even though the diuretic effect of alcohol may cause the body to lose some electrolytes, your body needs to replace the water more. Because of the dehydrating effect of the alcohol, replenishing the water lost will help get your body back to where it needs to be.
Aspirin is important especially if you have a headache, however only stick to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen, not acetaminophen (Tylenol). Acetaminophen can cause more damage then good when it is combined with a liver that is working extra hard after a night of drinking. Vitamin b12 is known to help your brain and nervous system functions as well as metabolism. Help lose the 'shakes' with some b12 while getting your mind on track.
While a greasy cheeseburger may sound like a great idea, go for a slightly healthier carb. A bland and nutrient packed cereal like Chex can help bring your blood sugar levels back up without spiking them too quickly. Carbs are important with this step because your liver has been working overtime metabolizing the alcohol instead of producing glucose from your stored carbs. Chex cereal also will keep your metabolism and digestive tract moving.